US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on January 24, 2020 to reopen and extend the comment period on its November 14, 2019 proposed rule to widely increase fees for immigration benefits and make other changes to immigration benefits requests (petitions and applications). The new comment period ends on February 10, 2020.
On November 14, 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule that sought to widely increase fees for immigration benefits, make changes to how fees are calculated for different types of petitions and applications, and make other changes to immigration benefits requests (84 Fed. Reg. 62280 (Nov. 14, 2019)). The original comment period that closed on December 16, 2019 was extended to December 30, 2019 (84 Fed. Reg. 67243 (Dec. 9, 2019)).
On January 24, 2020, USCIS published a proposed rule to reopen the comment period for an additional 15 days, to February 10, 2020 (85 Fed. Reg. 4243 (Jan. 24, 2020)).
Reopening and extending the comment period for the rule permits potential commenters an additional opportunity to submit comments on all aspects of the proposed rule. The rule may have a substantial impact on employers that sponsor foreign workers, individuals that may file petitions or applications for foreign nationals, and foreign nationals themselves. Interested parties should review the rule and consider whether to submit comments on all or any part of the rule.